Tyler, Texas - San Diego State running back Juwan Washington has been named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List, as announced Tuesday by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and SPORTyler, Inc.
Honoring the legacy of Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell, the award is presented annually to the nation's top NCAA Division I offensive player who exhibits integrity, performance, teamwork, drive, community and the tenacity to overcome adversity--all enduring characteristics of the former University of Texas and Houston Oilers legendary performer.
To be considered for the award, all nominees must have been born in Texas or graduated from a Texas high school or played at a Texas-based four-year college or junior college. Washington is one of 42 on the initial list for the award.
It is the third preseason watch list for both Washington (also the Maxwell Award for college player of the year and the Paul Hornung Award for the most versatile player). Additionally, Washington was a preseason all-Mountain West pick by the league’s media.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Washington rushed 199 times for 999 yards (5.0 avg.) with 10 touchdowns last year, despite missing 4 ½ games with an injury. An honorable mention MW selection in 2018, Washington ranked second in the MW and 13th in FBS in rushing yards per game (111.0, min. 190 att.), second (30th in FBS) in rush avg. (5.0, min. 190 att.), tied for fourth (T-57th in FBS) in rushing touchdowns (10), fifth (64th in FBS) in rushing yards (999) and eighth in total touchdowns (10). According to Pro Football Focus, Washington ranked 33rd in FBS (No. 4 in MW) with 41 forced missed tackles and 34th (No. 2 in MW) in 15-yard runs (15), despite the missed games.
The semifinalists for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award will be announced on Nov. 13 with the finalists released on Dec. 11. The finalists will then be invited to the awards banquet in Tyler, Texas, on January 15, 2020, where the winner will be announced. The selection committee is comprised of broadcasters, commentators, journalists, as well as fans.
The Aztecs finished 2018 with a 7-6 record, including wins over No. 23/25 Arizona State and rv/No. 24 Boise State. SDSU is one of 14 teams to make a bowl game in nine consecutive seasons. San Diego State returns its leading passer (Ryan Agnew), rusher (Washington) and tackler (Kyahva Tezino) from a year ago.
SDSU’s Mountain West home schedule features the two teams that finished atop the West Division standings last year (Fresno State and Nevada), and two cross-division opponents with the best league record (Utah State) and the third-best mark on the Mountain Division (Wyoming). Overall, San Diego State’s four Mountain West home games come against teams that went a combined 23-9 in league competition, while its four conference road contests are against teams that went 10-22 in league play.
The Aztecs kick off their 2019 season at home on Saturday, Aug. 31 against Weber State at 6 p.m. PT, followed by the KGB SkyShow.
For more ticket information, visit GoAztecs.com, call (619) 283-7378 or visit SDCCU Stadium's Window E between 9 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. PT.